Hengistbury Head Beach (Dorset)

  • Information

    Hengistbury Head is a headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Christchurch, at the end is a spit that creates the narrow entrance to Christchurch Harbour.

    Hengistbury Head beach is a pebble beach below the imposing clay and ironstone cliffs, with the Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

    Not so much a beach holiday location but a good place to explore and go for walks along gravel paths throughout the nature reserve.

    Facilities include pay and display car park, toilets, cafe and the Hengistbury Head Centre.

    We have no current information on dog restrictions for Hengistbury Head Beach.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have no beaches around Christchurch, 56 beaches in Dorset, or check our list of Dorset Dog Friendly Beaches.

  • Beach Water Quality
    Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
    • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
    • Good: generally good water quality
    • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
    • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
  • Tides
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